Kent-Teach's Summer Reading List 2015


From début novels, to best-sellers, and conversation starters, see the holiday reads that Kent-Teach recommends delving into this summer.

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

"A complex and increasingly chilling tale courtesy of a number of first-person narratives that will wrong-foot even the most experienced of crime fiction readers" (Irish Times)

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee


"There is humour as well as tragedy in this book, besides its faint note of hope for human nature; and it is delightfully written" (Sunday Times)

Go Set a Watchman- Harper Lee


"A literary masterpiece, and an enjoyable one at that." (Natasha Harding Sun)

I Let You Go - Clare Mackingtosh


"A terrific, compelling read with an astonishing twist that floored me. I loved it and did not want it to end" (Peter James)

Paper Towns - John Green

"Green's prose is astounding - from hilarious, hyperintellectual trash talk and shtick, to complex philosophizing, to devastating observation and truths. He nails it - exactly how a thing feels, looks, affects - page after page" (School Library Journal)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time -Mark Haddon


"A remarkable book. An impressive achievement and a rewarding read"--Time Out

The Interestings - Meg Wolizter


"Meg Wolitzer writes fluently about the American Dream and whether you should surrender your goals to reality in this wonderful novel" (Stylist)

Tuesday's With Morrie - Mitch Albom


"A beautifully written book of great clarity and wisdom that lovingly captures the simplicity beyond life's complexities" (M Scott Peck, author of THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED.)

Still Alice - Lisa Genova


"The most accurate account of what it feels like to be inside the mind of an Alzheimer's patient I've ever read. Beautifully written and very illuminating" Rosie Boycot 

All the Light we Cannot See - Anthony Doerr


"This novel will be a piece of luck for anyone with a long plane journey or beach holiday ahead. It is such a page-turner, entirely absorbing… [Doerr’s] attention to detail is magnificent" Carmen Callil, Guardian

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley


"It is impossible to read Brave New World without being impressed by Huxley's eerie glimpses into the present" (New Statesman)

A Drifting Life - Yoshihiro Tatsumi


"In the hands of a talent like Tatsumi . . . hidden worlds are excavated and dark corners of the human condition illuminated." (Bookforum)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake -Aimee Bender


"In this quirky, engaging tale of a family endowed with unlikely gifts, the ties that bind people barely conceal the chasms that divide them"--The Guardian 

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy - Laini Taylor


"The world-building descriptions and language stop your heart and then, like a defibrillator, start it up again." (New York Times)

The Outsider - Albert Camus


"Smith's new version ... treats Camus' text with respect, directness and an unexpected delicateness. She reveals, and permits, an original edgy strangeness in the prose itself; she treats it sensually, listening to Camus' original sentence structures and lengths, and to the rhythmic fall of his prose" (Ali Smith The Times)

Brooklyn - Colm Toibin


"Tender, delicately oblique in its narration, and exquisitely well-written" (The Times)

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern